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Letters, Jan. 9

Winter shelters need volunteers

It takes two hosts to open the seven sponsoring venues for the homeless. I didn’t get much sleep on, New Year’s Eve, at Trinity church, but that’s a small sacrifice when you know you’re helping keep up to 34 folks from literally freezing temperatures.

Guests are vetted, and assured a spot until mid-April providing they maintain good behavior. That’s a strong incentive to watch your tongue and behavior.

That night, at 9 p.m. we toasted with sparkly cider what was midnight in New York City, thinking of the red ball dropping down in Times Square.

Host jobs are to visit with our guests, maintain a healthy environment, put out food and drinks, pass out cough drops and do cleanup the next morning.

Ashland’s come a long way. From one or two nights, we now provide shelter every night. But, it does require two hosts to open. As Regina Ayers observed in her letter last week, we need more hosts. I was on pins and needles for two weeks, not knowing whether someone would sign up for Host No. 1. Without two hosts we do not open. I hate the cold, so it was easy for me to sign up as a volunteer host-in-training.

We need you to sign up on the Google sheet. Go to this link:http://tinyurl.com/homeless-sign-up. If you get desperate, and can’t get thru, email Volunteer Coordinator Phil Johnsock at OneSiteAshland@gmail.com, or call 702-518-8756.

A goal of the Winter Shelter Program is for hosts to have a regular one night a month signup, say, the first Monday of every month. It’s a work in progress.

Be bold; sign up; bring a night’s warmth to the homeless.

Carola Lacy


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